Friday the 13th in Paris is over. The body count is over 130, with more of the 99 critically wounded being added to the dead from the 352 wounded. Police have eight dead suspects with a variety of passports, which may or may not be their own. French security seems to have had no hint of what they claim were three operational teams involved in France’s worst terror tragedy.
Three more suspects were arrested in a car seen at one of the attack locations when it tried to cross back into Belgium on Saturday . A parking ticket on the car floor lead to another location where more arrests were made, a total of seven for the day. Another abandoned car was found on Friday in Paris with weapons.
This eliminates its being a formal intelligence service attack, as only rookies would have tried to cross a border in a hot car. They would have dumped it and split up to make their escape. But these rookie mistakes by no means eliminates their being patsies. French authorities claim all but one have been identified through fingerprints, with the youngest being 15.
EU political action has been quick, with the EU’s Donald Tusk declaring that the Schengen open border policy was on the verge of collapse. Merkel’s Bavarian political party partner was already calling for admitting the open refugee policy was a huge mistake and to reinstitute border controls. Was this part of the fallout that those behind the attack wanted? There were a number of strange things that happened that night.
The world opened their hearts out to the city of light with French flag colors lighting up major buildings and monuments all over the world, something that seemed to happen a little too quickly. Preceding that were claims of who was responsible while the bombings were still in progress, a bit too quickly, also.
At VT, we are still mourning the betrayal of the Charlie Hebdo victims, in what we clearly showed had at least one totally staged event, the shooting of the unarmed street policeman by two terrorists. We did not notice it at first in the full speed video, but later that day, we saw early evening footage of the still wet blood-stained sidewalk, despite its having been hosed off.
But there was something missing. There was zero damage to the concrete from the AK-47 round fired, which, if it went through the police officer’s head, or missed, would have blown chunks of concrete out, due to its large size and high velocity.
A frame by frame review of the HD phone camera footage showed the “shot” missed the head and the muzzle blast blew surface concrete dust up as expected and clearly viewed, yet there was zero debris. The “terrorist” had fired a blank. If you ever want to test this out yourself, prepare to have a disfigured face and probably be blind.
This staged shooting story was ignored by mass media and law enforcement. Not a soul called us to inquire further. Welcome to the hard cold reality of rigged investigations; and we hope this does not happen again. ISIL, or someone claiming to be ISIL, has taken credit, and France has already increased its bombing strikes in retribution. And we see mini-Patriot Act moves already in motion, with French PM Manuel Valls calling for legislation to allow the French military to shoot suspected terrorists in the streets.
As one world leader after another sent sympathy and solidarity to the French nation, and some already were hinting at a stronger anti-terrorist jihad against ISIL, I was not impressed. World powers don’t launch jihads against themselves, and some of them are too busy running regime change terror operations like those that have been going on in Syria for 5 years.
I don’t remember seeing the world pour its heart out for the Syrian people, when they have had more of these Friday the 13th slaughters than any of us can count. We did not see the colors of Syria’s flag instantly shown on all the world’s landmark locations, as we saw with Paris. The disconnect between the two situations could not be more complete.
We all know that the US, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia have been conducting a terror war on various denominations of civilian society in Syria. But what human rights groups or statesmen have called for sanctions against any of them, much less military action?
France’s umbrella organization for Jewish groups, CRIF, wrote on Twitter, “We must fight it without mercy without relenting in order to vanquish it [jihadist fanaticism]”. I would have to ask these folks if that would include the Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia, and would the French aircraft carrier go to the Persian Gulf to launch these attacks? And will CRIF attack Israel for its support for ISIL, al-Nusra, and yes… Israeli troops in the Golan and south Damascus area?
The US does not get a pass, either. We had an ex-head of the Defense Intelligence Agency testify before Congress that when ex-Republican Guard officers were providing the early professional leadership for ISIL with Gulf State money to disrupt Iraq and Eastern Syria, no one seemed concerned about the long term consequences.
NEO has reported Jeffery Silverman’s work on US contractors providing logistics for Chechen terrorist training in the Pankisi Gorge and the CIA funneling them into Syria. Gordon Duff has mapped out how 2500 TOWS vanished from US stockpiles, only to find their way onto the Syrian battlefield along with those the Saudis were supplying.
I can understand the hypocrisy on the part of the extremist perpetrators and their cheerleading squads, but why are so many of the self-proclaimed anti-terrorist hypocrites not booed off the public stage wherever they appear, when we know they are handing out free passes to themselves for terrorists that they like, the ones attacking Syria and then Iraq… because it gets assistance from Iran?
France’s Hollande, whose approval numbers have been about the lowest in the world, will use this tragedy to climb out of the political hole he has been in. But is France safe with the man that took a pass on blanks being used on one of the Charlie Hebdo attacks?
We already see some strange reports in the current attacks. It appears the three suicide bombers at the stadium were the unluckiest in history, as they all blew themselves up with only one victim. Or, were the suicide vests they were give radio controlled to go off when their handler chose, so dead men can tell no tales?
French authorities used strange language in describing the dead suspects as all having been wearing suicide vests, but did not confirm if all had blown themselves up without the police killing any of them. At the theater tragedy, we have a radio presenter witness, Pierre Janaszak describing how the gunmen took 20 hostages and heard one of them tell their captives that “it was Hollande’s fault for intervening in Syria.”
While everyone was running for their lives to get out we have Mr. Janaszak remaining close by to overhear a conversation that gave a public motive, but on his word only, as we assume the 20 hostages are dead now, hostages that he had time to count. That story would send any interrogator’s bells and whistles going off. And then there have been reports of the all too familiar “terrorist drills” that were planned for that day, including one at the hotel where the German football team was staying. We have a video of an emergency team participant.
France will be on lockdown for the next week while authorities hopefully try to learn if this was a one shot deal. They are praying that more attacks do not take place, as suicide bombers don’t really care how much security you have on the street, as they are not planning to survive.
Meanwhile, back at the second Vienna meeting on Syria on Saturday, we hear of progress being made by some of the terrorist supporters attending that a moderate opposition ceasefire might be possible by year’s end, and from Mr. Kerry that we will have an interim government in 6 months, and elections a year later.
I certainly don’t think Assad has agreed to step down, and why should he? The Syrian Army is still going to remain engaged fighting ISIL and al-Nusra, with attendees of the Vienna meeting supporting them, so who is going to be commander-in-chief of the Syrian armed forces?
Both the Russians and Iranians have repeatedly said it is for the Syrian people to determine their political settlement, not the attendees of these Vienna meetings. John Kerry pretends he agrees with this and then wants Assad out, because the 5% Syrian opposition crowd claims no peace is possible with Assad, when they ARE talking about peace with Assad.
Putin spelled his position out quite clearly… that the Russian campaign would continue as long as Syria needed support in its fight against terrorism. That folks, was an open ended commitment. A man in Putin’s position does not give such a statement to a “government that will be announced later”.
Does anyone think the Syrian military is going to take orders from some foreign committee-selected interim head of state? I sure as hell don’t think so, not after 250,000 dead, over a million wounded, and 11 million refugees.
Jim W. Dean, managing editor for Veterans Today, producer/host of Heritage TV Atlanta, specially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”